Mum who spends £35k on Christmas decorations defends herself on This Morning
23 November 2021, 10:34 | Updated: 23 November 2021, 10:40
This Morning fans were left gobsmacked at a mum who has spent £35k on Christmas decorations.
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With December right around the corner, many of us are starting to think about putting up our Christmas decorations.
But one mum has taken things to a whole new level after she admitted to spending £35k on her home’s festivities.
Joanne Smith appeared on This Morning on Monday morning to show off her expensive items, including a Harrods bear guarding the front door and a huge toy train set.
Introducing the mum-of-one, host Holly Willoughby said: "Over the last decade, Joanne Smith has spent a staggering £35,000 on her festive decorations and she's outdone herself once again this year."
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As cameras panned to Alison Hammond in Essex, Joanne was joined by her young niece Roseanna as she went on to show viewers around the home.
Outside, there was a huge Harrods bear and a giant teddy bear figure also in the front garden, as well as a three-metre tall Santa Claus costing £800.
Elsewhere in the garden, there were some giant snowmen and some Disney pieces too, with Joanne explaining: "I wanted something jolly for the children."
As Alison went inside, Joanne said that each room was themed, with a Candy Cane tree in the hallway and large nutcrackers.
In the kitchen, there was a huge Santa Claus ornament in the centre which cost a whopping £1,800.
The mother-of-one went on to explain that she doesn't recycle her decorations and has spent £6,000 on decor so far this year alone.
But viewers at home were divided over the decorations, with one person writing on Twitter: “This is over the top!”
"It’s 35k of absolute Christmas tat, it’s very tacky and cheap,” said another, while a third added: ”The ridiculous amount spent on tat would be better spent on something useful. #ThisMorning.”
But another viewer hit back: "Jealousy is a terrible thing, folks."
Despite the negativity, Joanne went on to defend herself, saying the decorations cheer up her street.
She told Alison: “My neighbours do love it. I don't think they've seen much like it before.'
“It all started a few years back, I put a few items up, and I had people driving past and ringing the door bell to ask to come in for photos.
“And each year now it gets bigger and bigger.”